Distrust in science is common in many fields: in the breast cancer community among those who are rightly skeptical of pink ribbon profiteering, in BIPOC communities, and in discussions about COVID-19 and public health strategies. In this pre-recorded conversation, which can be watched at your leisure, Executive Director Dr. Krystal Redman and two other health-justice specialists will shed light on, how we can be a bridge between our community and science in an effort to begin building trust while holding science accountable.
Join the conversation with our incredible speakers Dr. Krystal Redman, Tamatha Thomas-Haase, and Maimah Karmo. And rock out with Ronny, Beth, Sig, Smitty in Dr. Sigmund’s 100% All Natural Good Time Family Band.
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Rooted in her political lineage of grassroots organizing and activism toward Black and queer liberation and health equity in the heart of LA–Dr. Redman centers her work in Health Justice, the liberation of folx who reside deep within the margins and in Reproductive Justice. Dr. Redman is a self-published author, and a frequent speaker throughout sexual and reproductive justice, and health justice movement(s), as well as in the public health sector. They bring over 16 years of experience in leading health promotion and disease prevention initiatives, as well as organizing towards equitable access, care, and treatment within community-based and centered programs. Prior to beginning her relationship with Breast Cancer Action, Dr. Redman has held executive leadership positions within public health and healthcare organizations. They also continue to lead a southern-based reproductive justice organization. Mainly, her role(s) have centered on working to expand resources, information, health education, and access to equitable care and coverage to young people, womxn, and families. Beyond her work in service to those with the furthest relationships to power, Dr. Redman is most proud and driven by their role as a parent to her cute little one “Amyr,” who keeps her animated, grounded, and centered.
As an independent public health consultant for 16 years, Tamatha Thomas-Haase believes that through intentional, cross-sector engagement – rooted in equity – transformative change of public health institutions, policies, processes is possible. Leveraging collective wisdom through artful group process is at the heart of her professional calling, and her 20-year career in public health has taught her the value of meaningful connection to others and their purpose.
On November 6, 2018, Tamatha was diagnosed with stage IIIC, triple negative inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) – a rare and aggressive breast cancer that accounts for 1 to 5% of breast cancers diagnosed in the United States. Disparities in race and socioeconomic status on IBC incidence, as well as outcomes, are well documented. Currently living fully after living through cancer, Tamatha is proud to be in service to Breast Cancer Action’s compelling and urgent mission.
Maimah Karmo is the Founder/CEO of the Tigerlily Foundation (Tigerlily) and a fifteen-year survivor of breast cancer. On February 28, 2006, at 4:45 p.m., Maimah was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. She had no family history and was 32-years old. While undergoing her second round of chemotherapy, she made a promise to God that if she survived, she would create an organization to educate, empower, advocate for and support young women affected by breast cancer. After her second treatment, Tigerlily Foundation was born. Tigerlily provides breast health, educational, empowerment wellness and transformational programs to young women; and works to end disparities of age, stage and color.
A first-generation immigrant from Liberia, who has experienced disparities first-hand, she is a leader in the women’s health field, creating and implementing national health initiatives for women and girls, with a goal of eliminating disparities of age, stage and color. Under Maimah’s leadership, Tigerlily Foundation has launched national and global health initiatives focused on ending disparities, through the #InclusionPledge, partnering with global stakeholders, with a call to action to recognize health disparities as a social justice issue; and working to end disparities for black women in our lifetime. She is a global health advocate, committed to justice and equity for all. Maimah has appeared in USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Black Enterprise, Oprah Magazine, Essence Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Redbook, Women and Cancer, Cure Magazine, Traditional Home Magazine and more. She has also been featured on Fox 5, ABC 7, CBS, the Oprah Winfrey Show, OWN, Good Morning America, the Today Show and more.